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Ask Gretta: Smart Shopping

Our style savvy source Gretta Monahan answers your fashion inquiries!

I've been reading a few articles that talk about your love for Hermes scarves, but I haven't seen how you style them. How do you wear them while avoiding that stuffy librarian look?! -Ali

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Hi Ali,
Love my Hermes scarf, and the key is not to take it toooo seriously! Style is a matter of self-expression - being comfortable and confident in whatever desired look you may choose. Have fun mixing styles, colors and shapes in many interesting ways. Tying a printed scarf around your neck is the perfect way to introduce some color (and style) to a classic trench or neutral cashmere sweater.

The show utilizes so many fabulous designers & high-end stores. I don't live near a major city and because of that I feel like I have limited access to great fashion. I know I can always turn to the Internet, but I never seem to get a good fit from clothes that I can't try on. Any tips for finding stores outside of New York? P.S. You & Tim make the perfect team! -Emily

Hi Emily,
Thank you so much - Tim is so amazing to work with!! I do agree - shopping online can be a challenge. However, you can use Internet and local publications as a resource to finding fashion in your area. Perhaps there is a great consignment store in a neighboring town that you aren't currently aware of?! The racks have the potential to be stocked with gently worn designer items, which you ARE able to try on. In addition, it may give you a better idea of what items you are missing in your wardrobe, and make your web shopping a more pleasant experience.

Dear Gretta, Can you suggest chic walking shoes to wear to and from work that won't let my trousers, which are hemmed for pumps, drag on the ground? Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks so much, Susan

Hi Susan,
You are not alone; I am often faced with that very same challenge. The desire to have most of my favorite trousers altered to be worn with my 100-millimeter pumps, and not succumb to a traditional, orthopedic looking walking shoe when in transit! Shoe designer Taryn Rose (a former orthopedic surgeon) makes a great looking wedge that is both fashionable and functional. -Gretta

My question is about pantyhose. Tim says skirts should fall just below the knee. I have very pale freckled skin and I don't like to go bare legged in the winter (I'm 45). What are the guidelines for wearing hose, specifically color? Thanks! -Sherri

Hi Sherri,
It's best to keep the legs covered in the cooler months regardless of skin tone or age. I'm sure you have seen many versions of printed and colorful "hose" in the fashion magazines since they are all the rage this season!! Interesting textured and colorful tights really stand out best with a classic pump or boot. Try matching a neutral or black shoe to your skirt or dress hemline, and pick an accent color for your leg wear that with coordinate with your top or jacket!

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